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  • Better than a Dynasty rerun...

    With the EQ2's new adventure pack ("Fallen Dynasty") now out, Savanja takes her own personal look at the newest EverQuest II Adventure Pack. Read all about the new zones, breathtaking graphics, and the piggies (Yes! The piggies!) in this adventure pack preview.

    Mystic Lake is another outdoor zone. It's a lovely semi-wooded area with pirates, poachers, and various woodland animals milling about. Follow the water upstream and you will come to an amazing shrine surrounded by adorable little shrine monkeys. You can travel beyond this area to find more to explore and more dangers to conquer.

    Read about the rest of her visit at EverQuest 2 - Ten Ton Hammer.

    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
  • Jason "Dymus" Roberts, Lead Content Designer for EverQuest 2, Interviewed

    Have you ever wondered how content makes it into EverQuest 2? Do they REALLY sit around, and pull stuff from a hat? Jason "Dymus" Roberts is the Lead Content Designer for EverQuest 2 and is intimately involved in many changes made to the game. The job sounds scary, but this interview is well worth your time if you're interested in what goes on behind the scenes.

    RadarX: Can we expect to see more "Old Norrath" resurface, and are you looking for a balance of the new and the old?

    Jason "Dymus" Roberts: There is a lot to draw upon from "Old Norrath" and several stories that were never told, and a lot can happen in 500 years. So to answer the first part of the question, yes, you will certainly see more of the familiar Norrath resurface, though likely with some notable changes. The new zones, or new looks at old zones, give us something that is uniquely EverQuest 2 and a mix of the two seems to work well for us. It's fun to surprise players with something initially recognizable but slightly twisted over time to now be what it is.

    Read the rest of this educational interview at EQ2 - Ten Ton Hammer!

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
  • All hail the once and future content king...

    EQ2 might not have the mindblowing scrip numbers, but man can that SOE team churn out the added content. The "Fallen Dynasty" adventure pack, available by digital download, offers seven new Asian-themed zones and plenty more adventure for players from level 55-70.

    In The Fallen Dynasty, players journey to a secluded island with a dark past, inhabited by rival families and an ancient order of monks known as the Whistling Fist Clan. The forsaken city of Tanaan once thrived here until its people's lust for knowledge led them to their own destruction when they arrogantly challenged the mighty guardian of Zebuxoruk's secrets. Now, courageous adventurers are needed to drive back the bloodthirsty Pirates of Gunthak invading the village's shores, thirsty for conquest, lost wealth, and the mysterious power hidden beneath the island's tranquil surface.

    It's sure to wet your high-level Norrathian whistle while we all wait for retail expansion "Echoes of Faydwer" towards the end of this year. To see the "Fallen Dynasty" press release in it's entirety: click here

    Wed, Jun 14, 2006
  • Blueberry Delight!

    Want to be the epitomy of evil? Want to have a black heart, and soul to match? Want to look like a blueberry? Become a Dark Elf in EverQuest 2! Kiara goes through the racial quest for her favorite race of Norrathians.

    To avoid any show of favouritism, I did the guide for those smelly half elves first. However, now that that's out of the way, I can move on to the superior race without worries that silly little pink pantsed dwarf will raise a fuss. Yes, all bow before the might and majesty of...

    Get your quest guide inside EQ2 - Ten Ton Hammer!

    Wed, Jun 14, 2006
  • All the information you need packed into one tiny little space. Miracles of modern technology will never cease to amaze me.

    Developed in conjunction with SOE’s Taiwan studio, the recently announced Adventure Pack, The Fallen Dynasty™, promises to deliver the same downloadable story-rich content seen in the previously released The Bloodline Chronicles and The Splitpaw Saga, but this time with Asian influenced adventure zones, weapons, tradeskill rewards, as well as all new quests for the high level EverQuest II player.

    To prepare for the anticipated June 14th launch of The Fallen Dynasty, Design Supervisor Matt Higby, ventured to the SOE SOGA studios in Taiwan to meet the team, sync up the specs, and witness the progression of our first internationally produced Adventure Pack! In order to give a better understanding and background to this project, we interviewed Matt about his travels and experiences at SOGA. An avid photographer, Matt also provided some remarkable photos of his travels.

    You can find it right here.

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    Wed, Jun 14, 2006
  • Getting in the zone...

    We all have our happy place that we go to when we're being yelled at by people we don't like. RadarX takes you to his happy place in EverQuest 2, where you'll find midgets, slot machines, and all you can eat buffets. If that didn't creep you out, take a look inside to find out which zone is designed the best, and which is the worst.

    Most of us who have played EverQuest 2 for some time through alt (alternate character) after alt, have a special place we always love to see. A zone of wonder and amusement, that never gets old no matter how many times we go there. A place of such ingenious design, that to find flaws in it, would be akin to the treasonous behavior of believing Star Wars was better when re-released. For many, opinions vary on which zone is best, and I'm sure they change as content is added. You know how the saying goes, opinions are ....what? Get your mind out of the gutter! I was going to say "what makes everyone different." Here is mine...

    Take a look at the rest of this article at EQ2 - Ten Ton Hammer.

    Mon, Jun 12, 2006
  • No, this is not a report on fashion. (Yes, I thought it may have been.)

    Welcome to the latest issue of The Green Robe Gazette, a periodic report of the events and happenings brought to you by the green-robed Guides of EQ2. The Gazette will bring you reports of past events, news of upcoming events and any information regarding the Guide Program and how it affects the world of Norrath.

    The events listed below do not (by any means) comprise all of the events that are happening across the servers. They just a sampling of what's going on (Translation: "We have screenshots of these events so we'll post them"). Thanks for reading.

    You can read the rest right here.

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    Fri, Jun 09, 2006
  • RadarX says what?

    It took my EverQuest character months to learn dwarven, but apparently RadarX from our EverQuest 2 - Ten Ton Hammer community site has a pretty good handle on the language. There's a.. Dwarven.. racial quest... guide, I think. Maybe you can get more out of our honorary shorty:

    "Aye so ya be wantin' ta be a dwarf eh? Well don't be thinkin ya can just waltz in cause we be a hard workin' folk who like our ale an' be comfy in pink pants. Now ye best be followin me goyd to de letter.

    Find me goyd at EQ2 - Ten Ton Hammer!"

    Fri, Jun 09, 2006
  • Move over Jeff Goldblum, there's a new mad scientist in town!

    Krunnk's latest foray into the world of reporting has him upsetting the very balance of nature and using teleporters in ways never intended. Scotty would never have approved!

    A large ogre waves enthusiastically with a free hand as he clutches a microphone in his other, his mammoth mit dwarfing the instrument. Dressed in a much too small tan suit that threatens to rip and shred with every excited motion, he adjusts the bright red bowtie at his neck as he smiles happily to the camera.

    “This Krunnk for TipToeHamster news reportin’ to you instead of Coyotee ‘cause him call in SICK.” The Ogre introduces as he leans in confiding to the camera. “He got in trouble for doin’ butt scootchies on good rug.” Krunnk whispers as he steps back with an amused grin.

    See what Krunnk has in store in Coyote's latest humor piece at the EverQuest 2 - Ten Ton Hammer community site.

    Fri, Jun 09, 2006
  • The Crier is here and as always, Ten Ton Hammer has a ton of content for your viewing pleasure.

    Town Crier!
    Hark! Be that the Town Crier I spy? He brings us tidings from the far reaches of Norrath's influence. Be they dismal, strange, or otherwise? Let us observe as he waxes eloquent about current affairs.

    # The Town Crier visited with Aggro Me, the one and only overnuker. He told stories of wealth and fortune…well not really, but he did share some enlightenment from his memoirs in "Good Morning Norrath".
    # In the far off land of Caster's Realm the Town Crier ran into familiar faces who were happy to discuss the recent activities, news, and even comedy. Bouvi shared the latest EQII Comic "Learning The Hard Way", Jethal told all about why we should " Keep The Range in Ranger", and Kendricke shared some never before seen "Profession Hats".
    # Ten Ton Hammers are fairly heavy to lug around all day and thankfully the Town Crier doesn't have to do that. So the Town Crier paid a visit to those that do wield the Ten Ton Hammer and found entertainment and enlightenment. Spending time with Coyote was great and he even shared with us how to "Win a Date with Coyotee Sharptongue". For those who seek more enlightenment the Town Crier advises you to check out the new and improved information in "The Splitpaw Saga Zone Guide", "Half Elf Racial Guide",and the "Human Racial Guide".

    You can visit the town crier here.

    But to save time, just visit our EverQuest 2 Community!

    Thu, Jun 08, 2006
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